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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Troy Davis evidentiary hearing scheduled for June

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Amnesty International announced today that an evidentiary hearing has finally been scheduled for beleaguered death row inmate Troy Davis. The court will hear additional exculpatory evidence in his case on June 30 at Tomochichi Courthouse  and Federal Building in Savannah.

Last August, the U.S. Supreme Court mandated in a 6-2 ruling that Davis — who was sentenced to death in 1991 for the murder of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail — be granted the opportunity to present new evidence to the court, specifically that seven of the prosecution's nine witnesses have since recanted their testimony. Over the years, Amnesty International has been joined by former-President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pope Benedict XVI and other notable figures, in calling for another hearing or trial for Davis.

For more on this story, see our Troy Davis reference page.

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